Bantock, Sir Granville (Ransome)
- Peter J. Pirie
- , revised by David Brock
- and Andrew H. King
(b London, Aug 7, 1868; d London, Oct 16, 1946). English composer, conductor and teacher. Granville Ransome Bantock was the eldest of pioneering gynaecologist and obstetrician Dr George Granville Bantock and his wife Sophia Elisabeth Ransome’s six children. The Bantock name rose to middle-class respectability throughout the 19th century, via increased financial security and opportunities for education, from a family heavily steeped in agricultural occupations to significant and successful careers in medicine, business, local government and, towards the end of the century, recognition in the arts. Showing no aptitude for or interest in music until his late teens, Bantock’s artistic appreciation was developing during a period of domestic unrest and disagreement with his father over the choice of a respectable diplomatic career. He was at first, reluctantly, educated for the Indian Civil Service, and then he studied Chemical Engineering; Bantock was a frequent truant and neither course of study was completed. Following advice from the Principal of the City and Guilds Technical Institute and family friends, Dr Bantock finally conceded, and allowed his son to undertake preliminary studies in harmony and counterpoint at Trinity College of Music. In ...